South Tyneside dance teacher opens new studio that could help people with depression

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A dance teacher is taking her school to a whole new level after opening the doors to her own studio.

Natalie Koskela has joined forces with partner Donna Gray to transform an abandoned room into a purpose built dance arena.

We don’t want it just to be a dance school, we want to be able to help out the community by creating a safe haven for people to come to.

Natalie Koskela

Classes in street dance are already being run from the venue in Salem Street, however, the pair want the place to be much more.

The hope to create a community hub where people can go to feel safe.

Natalie said: “It’s one thing having a space where you can run your dance school, but to have your own studio is something else.

“We don’t want it just to be a dance school, we want to be able to help out the community by creating a safe haven for people to come to.

“And possibly using dance to help with any issues they are facing like depression or obesity problems.

“We have both worked hard to turn this place around and we are still not there yet.”

The pair are looking to run family friendly fitness classes and other ventures from the venue.

Meanwhile, auditions for new dance crews will take place on November 27.

They are on the lookout for youngsters for an already established crew, and those interested in being part of new crews from the age of four to 13. Those aged 16+ are wanted to create a performance crew.

Auditions for those aged under 16 will start at 11am with a workshop and individual audition and from 2pm for those aged over 16.

Auditions are open to all levels.

For information on Urban Flo Dance and studio sessions visit www.urbanflodancestudios.com